Little Thoughts_A Capsule Machine Project

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To spread cultural traditions, knowledge & thoughts amongst each other with a capsule machine by individual users writing them down and placing it into the machine to share their thoughts; then taking one capsule after to learn about someone’s else.

  1. User writes their story/message/knowledge on a small note and put into a ball capsule.
  2. .User puts into Capsule Machine slipping into slot and twist the notch.
  3. As notch is turnt, another capsule will pop out of the machine and the user can open the new capsule up.
  4. User will read a random message from previous user that has written on it to learn new things from other culture/traditions.

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  • Final_Build_Week 14

    Anthony Chin12/20/2018 at 06:35 0 comments

    Progress :

    - Finalization of Internal locks, latches and notch.

    - Implementation of screws and rubber band for spring action.

    - Securing positioning and increasing effectiveness of mechanics.

    - Recalculating and rewiring.

    - Placing arduino and breadboard.

    Progress & Finalization :

    - Designing, cutting and applying.

    - Finalizing outlook.

    Outcome | Final Journal Video:

  • Final_Build_Week 12 - 13

    Anthony Chin12/20/2018 at 04:02 0 comments

    Progress : 

    - Touch up calculation for finalization of internal mechanics.

    - Added components for support in internal mechanics.

    - Improvisation and adapting to new trial and errors.

    - Tidying up internal notch and latches.

    - Cleaning up outer look.

    - Securing overall locks and internal mechanics.

  • Beta test_week11

    Anthony Chin12/20/2018 at 03:53 0 comments

    Beta test 


    - Instruction word too small 

    - Can't find the return ball place

    - Instruction might need indication of number

  • Production week 10

    Anthony Chin12/20/2018 at 03:24 0 comments

    CNC cut the shell of the capsule machine

    - the outcome of plywood from CNC doesn't met our expectation

    we use wood filling to fill those faulty holes.

    -attach every layer together and follow the mechanics of our alpha test

  • Production Stage_week9

    Anthony Chin11/22/2018 at 08:42 0 comments

    15 Nov 2018


    • Fixing bug and ready files for cnc cut
    • We calculate the wrong size again 

    22 Nov 2018

    Working on the base layer

  • Prototyping_week8

    Anthony Chin11/22/2018 at 08:23 0 comments

    1 Nov 2018


    • Using cardboard to build out the prototype

    Error & mistake faced

    • wrong calculation 

    Prototyping for the buttons and Servos

    1. Research on the code 
    2. bug fixing 

    8 Nov 2018

    Protoyping- .2

    capsule machine mechanics try out


    • broke wires
    • need to find out a way to stable the servo
    • calculation problem

    • sodering wire


    For feedback
    • too many steps for user
    • change a way to release the ball.
    • instead of word instruction, use icon would be better


    We decide to change the ball release door from 

    "User take out the ball from the compartment" to 

    "The ball release itself when user press the start button"

  • Attempt_4

    Anthony Chin11/06/2018 at 16:46 0 comments

    25 Oct 2018

    Proceed with the design

    - capsule machine use a "present box" concept for the design outcome

    -Getting Message from others its like a surprise


    1. User have to read thru the instruction shown in-front of the machine to understand how to use it.
    2. After they read the instruction they are require to press the button at the  end of the instruction
    3. Upon user press the button, a compartment at right-side below  of the box will open by a servo, and there is an empty ball inside for user to take it out.  There will be a green light LED shines on the ball, until user take the ball out the LED will become red.   
    4. User will take the ball write and message to place in the ball. Then user need to toss it into the machine 
    5.  Once the ball has being toss into the machine, a servo will unlock the latch for user to spin the notch.
    6. In return user get a ball that has written message by other people.
    7. As instruction stated user need to return the empty ball back to the compartment.
    8. Once the compartment micro-switch detect the ball has being placed back the LED will return green again.
    9. And the servo will lock the compartment door.



  • Design Concepts

    Matthew Goh Seng Jun10/22/2018 at 01:51 0 comments

    Initial Design Concept | 22 Oct 2018


    New Design Concepts.


  • Proposal 3.3

    Matthew Goh Seng Jun10/18/2018 at 04:53 0 comments

    Design Prototype No. 1  |  18 Oct 2018

    First Prototype Design: Capsule Machine


    Capsule Machine: Outer & Inner (For Flexible Maintenance)


    Capsule Machine: Bottom Lock System (For Flexible Maintenance)


    Capsule Machine: Logic & Measurements


    Capsule Machine: Separate Instruction Box Set


  • attempt3.2

    Anthony Chin10/17/2018 at 17:32 0 comments

    • usually the mechanics of  a toy capsule machine is operated by coin
    • only a round object can push up the "obstacle" that blocks the notch


    1. This capsule machine is no longer control by coins
    2. if the sensor sense someone toss a ball into the machine, another motor will put the "obstacle" latch to let user to spin the notch

    Below is the full mechanics concept of this capsule machine

    The concept mechanics of the capsule machine

    1. Once the sensor sense user toss in a ball, it will open up the latch and let the ball fall in the same time the notch will be unlock by showing green led

    3.the ball holder will lead the capsule ball to the exit point of the machine

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